Forty-six employers in Perak were charged for non-compliance of the Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodation and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446) between January to June this year.
According to the Executive Councillor for Education, Higher Education and Human Resource cum state legislative assembly member (ADUN) for Changkat Jering, Ahmad Saidi Mohamad Daud, the number emerged from 2,800 employers checked in the said duration.
“The state-level Department of Labour had visited, checked and advised employers and accommodation providers in May 2020 and they were informed to be aware of the Act.
“The requirement to obtain certificates for workers’ amenities had only started in September last year, so as to provide sufficient time for the employers to prepare the necessary documents.
“Enforcement towards accommodation providers only started in December of the same year, after they were given more than six months’ notice.”
He said this when answering Tebing Tinggi ADUN, Dr Abdul Aziz Bari who wanted to know the extent of employers’ compliance towards the Act during the sitting today (August 27).
Ahmad Saidi added, between January to July this year, 758 out of 855 applications for accommodation provision were approved.
“The state government hopes that employers and/or accommodation providers in Perak fulfill their responsibilities in obtaining certificates in caring for the welfare of their workers, particularly in the current fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” he expressed.